Watching CNN over the last two days I could not help but notice that Paula Deen has been in the news in a big way. And now the Food Network has cancelled her show. I take that to mean her current show.
I have seen Paula's name mentioned at this forum before. I love southern cooking even though I don't do much of it myself. My best friend Loretta is married to a man from Mississippi. I eat at their house often and get my fill of southern food. Peach Bourban bread pudding is one of her delicious specialties. And I don't usually eat desserts much less make them.
A couple of things come to mind. First I am glad the network took a strong stand. In our global world intolerance should not be acceptable.
However, after the trial is out of the news will her current show turn up in re-runs? Will the FN still continue to run her two previous shows in re-runs as they are doing now? She has been a popular cook and contributor to the rise of the Food Newwork and the popularity of cooking shows. While her past behavior is not acceptable, in my opinion the current revelation in the news does not diminish her contributions to the world of cooking.
I did buy some of her cookware at Walmart for a family I sponsored for Christmas. I was impressed at the quality for the price. I wonder how far this scandal will go with regard to her other lines of business.
Have any of you tried Paula's recipes? Any thoughts on the situation?